Define: Abend

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Definition: Abend

Quick Summary of Abend

This error message refers to a system crash or other abnormal termination of a computer program, caused by a memory conflict or some other (usually unidentifiable) glitch.

What is the dictionary definition of Abend?

Dictionary Definition

Computer Error Code: ABnormal END or ABortive END.

  1. An abnormal termination of a program.
  2. Termination of a process prior to completion.
  3. To terminate abnormally.


Full Definition of Abend

An AbEnd (also abnormal end or abend) is an abnormal termination of software or a program crash. This usage derives from an error message from the IBM OS/360, IBM zOS operating systems. Usually capitalised, but may appear as “abend”.


Examples of Abend in a sentence

The nightly invoicing job abended at 3am.

Synonyms For Abend

abnormal termination, abort, crash, stop, supper

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Abend. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. April 02, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Abend. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: April 02, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Abend. Retrieved April 02, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Abend are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 22nd December 2019.